Thursday, October 30, 2014

Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention with Tings Chak

In the past six years, over 80,000 people have been jailed, without charge or trial, with no end in sight. This includes children, who are detained or are separated indefinitely from their caregivers. This is the reality of immigration detention in Canada - a reality that is violently invisibilized. Migrants are detained primarily because they are undocumented. Likewise, these sites of detention bare little trace —drawings and photos are classified; access is extremely limited. The detention centres, too, are undocumented.

Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention (published by Architecture Observer 2014) documents the banality and violence of the architecture in contrast to the stories of daily resistance among immigration detainees. This book explores migrant detention centres in Canada, the fastest growing incarceration sector in North America's prison industrial complex, and questions the role of architectural design in the control and management of migrant bodies in such spaces. Using the conventional architectural tools of representation, we situate, spatialize, and confront the silenced voices of those who are detained and the anonymous individuals who design spaces of confinement.

The work is grounded in collective grassroots organizing, primarily through No One Is Illegal - Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network. The research and production of this book was part of a Master of Architecture thesis at the University of Toronto.

Friday, Nov. 7
Octopus Centretown
251 Bank St. 2nd Floor

This event is co-sponsored by OPIRG-Ottawa and End Immigration Detention Network.

Tings Chak is a multidisciplinary artist trained in architectural design whose work draws inspiration from anti-colonial, migrant justice, prison abolition, and spatial justice struggles. She is an organizer with No One Is Illegal - Toronto and the End Immigration Detention Network.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Pheonix Rising: Night of Music, Poetry and Soul

Come join NOII in seeing amazing local artists performing at Pheonix Rising: Night of Music, Poetry and Soul on Friday, October 3.

Donations from the event will go towards supporting migrants facing deportation in Ottawa.

The night will be filled with poetry, music and the chance to connect, being to being. With performances by: Lana K, Sarah Musa, Priya Shah, Lucila Al Mar, D-Lightful, Yusra Uzair, MGD, Ikenna Onyegbula, and Balam Santos. Beats by DJ Debonair.

Tickets sliding scale $7-10.
The event will take place on Friday, October 3 at 7pm at 78 Carruthers Ave.

Please note the event will be dry: meaning no alcohol or other substances will be consumed or sold at the event.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

A short history of migration to Turtle Island

Here's a short history of im/migration to Canada/Turtle Island compiled by NOII members. Click to full-screen for a better experience.

NOII-Ottawa New Member's Meeting

Join us for our open NOII collective meeting. This will be a chance for folks who attended our orientation (on September 29) to plug into the collective and get more specific information.

If you were interested in being a core member, a Sanctuary City volunteer, or interested in support work with NOII, please join us!

If you weren't able to make our orientation meeting but are still interested in participating, come to the meeting! Just email us at to let us know you'll be attending.

The meeting will take place at the University of Ottawa campus in the University Centre building, Room 207 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on Monday, October 6

Accessibility Notes: The venue is wheelchair accessible. If you need childminding or transcription, please let us know by emailing us at

Friday, September 19, 2014

End Migrant Detention! Public Action & Community Feast

Some pics from our afternoon public action & community feast on September 17 in honor of the 191 migrant detainees who have been on strike for a year in Lindsay, Ontario. More info at: